Two years of availability end now.
In one of the unique and expensive arrangement available in entertainment, PS3 owners have had the option the past two seasons to subscribe and watch the near full slate of NFL games on their PS3. IGN is now reporting a confirmation from Sony of what has been expected for some time, there will be no NFL Sunday Ticket on the PS3 this year, which likely signals the end of the service on the platform.
Two years ago, the service, which came as an app for the PS3, involved two service options. Those already subscribing through DirecTV could enjoy the PS3 app as another way to watch games, and those without DirecTV service could subscribe for $340. Last year those same options remained, but the subscription fee drop to $300.
The introduction of the Xbox One back in May was noted for its emphasis on entertainment options apart from games, and the biggest example was probably the announcement of a five year partnership between Microsoft and the NFL. The endgame of the new service appears to offer the user live games with a fantasy football overlay. Thus far though, the service does not actually seem to mimic the Sunday NFL Ticket experience.
The NFL of course is known for favoring exclusive agreements, whether it be the Sunday NFL Ticket with DirecTV or the licensing involved with EA's 'Madden' football video games.
Author: Brian Hoss